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The Heroics of Women Henrik Ibsens A Dolls House is a play about a young wife and her husband Nora and Helmer seem to be madly in love with one another and very happy with their lives together Yet the conflict comes into this show when Nora brags to her friend Ms Linde about how she had forged her fathers name to borrow money to save her husbands life and how she had been secretly paying off this debt Helmer finds out about this crime and is furious until he finds that no one will ever know about it This entire conflict is written to bring to light the ridiculous social expectations demanded of both women and men Ibsen expertly leads the audience into accepting that these social expectations are foolish and wrong The audience buys into this so much that in the end when Nora stands firm and refuses to bow down to what society demands of her we see her as the hero The social expectations of men in the late nineteenth century was of a more patriarchal thought-line then it is today The man of the house was expected to be the sole provider This works best for the families of that time because they believed that by natural design men alone were capable of managing money wisely and carefully The first scene of the show we see Helmer and Nora acting out this belief Helmer comes in and he and Nora argue over how much can be spent for Christmas Has the little spendthrift been out throwing money around again Ibsen 1569 He naturally assumes that Nora being a woman is out frivolously wasting money This belief comes very naturally to Helmer He is the model man of his time as well as this one He has a bright future ahead cares for his family is kind to his wife good-natured and very handsome What mother would not approve of
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